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OHIO to officially convert to open source fonts Jan. 1, 2019

New fonts ‘EB Garamond’ and ‘Barlow’ available for OHIO user download


Ohio University is currently in the process of converting to open source fonts “EB Garamond” and “Barlow.” The new fonts will officially replace Galliard and Frutiger beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

The transition will ensure the University’s continued ability to deliver approved fonts access to colleges and units and advance the OHIO brand. The conversion is also anticipated to provide significant cost savings to the University. Zilla Slab will remain in use as a secondary font.

OHIO users can access and download approved EB Garamond, Barlow and Zilla Slab font packages online via the Office of Information Technology. Each font is compatible with both MacOS and Windows machines.

Although OHIO’s transition to EB Garamond and Barlow will not officially occur until Jan. 1, 2019, UCM encourages colleges and units to plan ahead and begin utilizing these new fonts within all print/digital materials as soon as possible.

Full adoption of the new fonts across the institution is required to maintain consistency of this part of the University’s brand. All units will be required to remove Galliard and Frutiger from University-owned machines no later than Dec. 31, 2018. Comprehensive font removal instructions for both Windows and MacOS machines are available online. It is important to note that units will be held financially responsible to Monotype Inc. for any continued use of Galliard and/or Frutiger beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

The UCM website will include additional fonts conversion details and build upon the initial list of frequently asked questions addressed here.

The UCM Marketing team will provide the latest updates and share answers to new FAQs via this page. Mark Krumel, UCM Senior Director of Marketing Services, is also available to provide further insight and assistance. He can be reached at krumel@ohio.edu or 740.593.1927.



Additional Frequently Asked Questions

What is the transition deadline? 
OHIO’s official fonts transition will occur Jan. 1, 2019; however, UCM encourages colleges and units to plan ahead and begin utilizing EB Garamond and Barlow as soon as possible. All units will be required to remove Galliard and Frutiger from University-owned machines no later than Dec. 31, 2018. Units will be held responsible financially to Monotype Inc. for any continued use of Galliard and/or Frutiger beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

How do I remove Frutiger and Galliard fonts from my computer? 
Comprehensive font removal instructions for both Windows and Mac machines are available online via OHIO’s Office of Information Technology. Please note that you must be logged into your computer as an administrator to remove fonts. If you do not have administrator access, the IT Service Desk can help.

I’m currently utilizing Frutiger and/or Galliard fonts within my OHIO website. How do I remove them? 
OIT will remove fonts from websites on the ohio.edu domain by Dec. 31. If sites are using Frutiger and Galliard, the site will use a fallback font designated in the style sheet. All websites not hosted via the ohio.edu domain are equally required to discontinue their use of Frutiger and/or Galliard no later than Dec. 31, 2018. Units will be held financially responsible to Monotype Inc. for any continued use of Galliard and/or Frutiger beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

What are the anticipated cost savings of making this switch?
OHIO’s transition to open source fonts is anticipated to save approximately $60,000 over the next three years.

Can I purchase a departmental license to continue my use of Frutiger and/or Galliard? 
Units are not permitted to purchase a license and/or continue their use of Frutiger and/or Galliard fonts beyond Dec. 31, 2018. Full adoption of the new fonts across the institution is required to maintain consistency of this part of the University’s brand.


KEY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When should I begin using the new fonts? UCM encourages colleges and units to plan ahead and begin utilizing EB Garamond and Barlow as soon as possible. Individuals will be officially required to discontinue their use of Frutiger and/or Galliard within all print and digital materials no later than Dec. 31, 2018. Units will be held financially responsible to Monotype Inc. for any continued use of Galliard and/or Frutiger beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Does this affect items that I’ve recently designed or printed? No. Print jobs, designs, logos or other collateral created, or completed, before Dec. 31, 2018 will not be affected. Additionally, units will not be required to retroactively switch fonts for existing print and image jobs; however, it is important to note that all updates/edits to any print materials at Printing Services after Dec. 31, 2018 will be required convert to Barlow and EB Garamond. All University vehicle lettering will utilize standard lockups as we move forward.

Why is this happening? The University’s transition to open source fonts “EB Garamond” and “Barlow” will ensure the University’s continued ability to deliver approved typography access to colleges and units while advancing the OHIO brand. The conversion is also anticipated to provide significant cost savings to the University.